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In an effort to boost the appeal of its new gaming PC lineup, Lenovo has joined forces with Razer to make a slew of co-branded gaming systems and peripherals.
As announced by Razer, Lenovo's Y-series gaming devices will now be flavored with Razer's chromatic flair. Lenovo has yet to reveal specifics on the Y-series Razer Edition, but its website notes that the line will be made up of varying grades of hardware. This includes an Ultra HD Ideapad Y50 UHD gaming laptop and the "powerhouse" Ideapad Y700 gaming laptop that sports "discrete graphics and storage options" and "intense quad-core processing power" with an Intel Core i7 CPU.
The full Razer Edition Y Series will feature a wide spectrum of devices including gaming desktops, laptops, keyboards, headsets and mice. The hardware will feature customizable chroma lighting solutions, and will be unveiled at CES 2016 along with specs and pricing. Interested users can sign up here for more information.
The Raspberry Pi Foundation predicted demand for its new $5 Raspberry Pi Zero computer would "outstrip supply for the next little while", and they were right. Tens of thousands of units were made in preparation for the launch yesterday, and they've already sold out, as have issues of The MagPi (which included one for free).
Liz Upton, Raspberry Pi's head of communications said, "We were amazed at the rush on stores that happened as soon as we announced the release."
More as being made as you read this, but Upton expects it will take some time before they can keep up.
Raspberry Pi has done it again, and cheaper this time. First they released the Raspberry Pi Model B and several successors to put programmable computers in the hands of anyone with $20-$35, and now they're releasing the Raspberry Pi Zero, which does the same but just for $5. And for the ethically minded who are concerned about where something so cheap is made, in this case, it's Wales.
Zero runs Raspbian and all kinds of apps, including Scratch, Minecraft, and Sonic Pi.
Google and ASUS have been collaborating for quite some time on the Chromebit, which is essentially a computer on a USB stick that can be plugged into your TV or monitor. Now the day has come to launch the thing.
With the launch comes an updated price: $85 over the previously reported $100. The specs we already knew, but in case you haven't heard or forgot, you get a Rockchip ARM processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and a USB port. And of course, it runs ChromeOS.
With all the talk of Intel's next generation Xeon processors featuring an insane 44 threads of pure CPU power, Tyan is teasing the latest it has to offer in the High Performance Computing (HPC) sector.
Tyan highlights its latest HPC optimized 1U/2U/4U server platforms that support Intel's latest Xeon E7-4800 v3 and E5-3600 v3 product families, with Tyan's latest offering for the HPC community being the 4-socket FT76-B7922. Tyan's new FT76-B7922 supports 4 x Intel Xeon E7-8800/-4800 v3 processors, an insane 96 x DDR4 DIMMs, up to 4 x Intel Phi coprocessors, and 8x 2.5-inch SAS 12Gbps HDDs or SSDs in the 4U chassis.
Tyan was also showing off much more hardware at SC15, with other GPGPU systems like the FT77C-B7079 supporting 2 x Intel Xeon processors (of the Haswell-EP family), 8 x Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor modules, 24 x DDR4 DIMMs, and more. The TA80-B7071 supports 2 x Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 processors, 4 x Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors, 16 x DDR4 DIMMs, and more. Tyan is also displaying plenty of SMB and datacenter/cloud application systems at SC15.
Intel is preparing its new wave of NUC units, which will be compatible with the company's new Skylake processors. The new Intel NUCs will be available with both Core i3 and Core i5 processors, with the Core i5 version rocking Iris 520 graphics.
Why is the Core i5 version of the new Skylake-powered NUCs so important? Up until now, Intel has reserved the Iris-powered NUCs to the higher-end Core i7 models, but now the Core i5 model will feature the better integrated graphics power. Both models will include SDXC slots, full-sized HDMI with 4K video and 7.1-channel audio support, two USB 3.0 ports on the front, two more USB 3.0 ports on the back, miniDisplayPort out, Ethernet, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.1.
We should expect a release date for the new Skylake-powered NUCs soon.
LG held its UltraWideFestival last month, where LG wanted people to "show off your creative CARDBOARD SETUP" where you could win yourself a slick new LG UltraWide 34UC87C monitor. Well, there's one entry (that didn't make into the top 20 in the end) that blew us away.
YouTuber 'Mickey W' has done an incredible job here, right down to the glowing "GEFORCE GTX" part on the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti. He meticulously used cardboard, paint and many other small parts to make the entire cardboard PC, quite literally, come to life. It's an incredible thing to see, and one of those YouTube videos where I sat back and just thought "wow... just, wow" and envisioned a slow clap meme.
MAINGEAR has just announced that its impressive DRIFT Steam Machine is now available, with the SteamOS-powered gaming PC built for 4K gaming anywhere - including your living room.
The company has provided the ability to customize the DRIFT all the way up to Intel's expensive, but super-fast Extreme Edition Haswell-E or new Skylake processors, as well as full-sized video cards like NVIDIA's GeForce GTX Titan X. Inside, you can configure the DRIFT with up to 16GB of DDR4 from Kingston, and various storage options with 3 x HDD bays that can be kitted out with 2 x Samsung 850 Pro SSDs, and a huge 6TB HDD for storage.
MAINGEAR's DRIFT PC can be placed both vertically and horizontally, thanks to it being cooled by the Epic 120 liquid cooling system - which is a "maintenance-free system that keeps the Steam Machine running incredibly cool at top speeds for extended periods of time". The DRIFT system includes Valve's new Steam Controller, and starts at $1,099 on MAINGEAR's website.
ZOTAC has been making Mini PCs since 2008, and now they're trying their hand at Steam Machines with NEN, a small form system that lets you play Steam games with ease.
NEN features a GeForce GTX 960 with a 192-bit memory bus and 3GB GDDR5 VRAM, an Intel Core i5-6400T (quad-core, 2.2 GHz, up to 2.8 GHz), 8GB RAM (up to 16GB) and a 1TB HDD (with an option for a SSD). As well, ZOTAC claims "whisper quiet levels at maximum cooling performance", courtesy of its dual radial coolers.
Pricing and availability are not yet announced.
PAX Australia 2015 - We stopped by Australian IT retailer PLE Computers at PAX Australia this year, as they had some great stuff that caught our eye. They were pushing a very comfortable, and slick-looking line of gaming chairs, had custom gaming PCs on show, and so much more.
This custom system looked incredible, and was getting a lot of people stopping in awe and snapping photos of it. The color scheme really works with NZXT's custom lighting really displayed well here.
One of the cool things on display at PLE was this awesome HOTAS system.